By Eva Dykas
The Middletown Art Guild kicked off its new season on January 8 with a demonstration by local New Britain artist, Jim Grabowski. Grabowski entertained those who attended with demonstrations of his special painting techniques. Known for his paintings of expansive abstract canvases filled with bold color and motion, he also paints landscapes inspired by his love of abstract design. Jim has received commissions from more than 100 national and international corporations.
The Middletown Art Guild is a group of artists who have joined together to offer opportunities in art instruction, programs, workshops and exhibition. Their mission is to foster and encourage art and the development of visual artists in Middletown, Connecticut. The Art Guild seeks to develop quality programs to bring artists together and provide venues for the artists to exhibit their work. Also, the Guild provides art instruction, workshops in drawing/ painting, and related visual arts.
The Guild also brings together a diverse group of people including amateur and professional artists, senior citizens, and young adults who have a passion for the arts. Members have developed many strong and lasting friendships around this common interest. They support one another in learning new techniques and encourage one another in artistic endeavors.
Other demonstrations were held on February 14 and 16 featuring artists Jacqueline White and Chris Piantek. Future demonstrators and workshop leaders will include Elizabeth Sennett, Art Sholz, Robert Spooner, Lou Buonamarte and other fine artists. Major Exhibitions are held in June and December.
Meetings and demonstrations are held at 7 p.m. on the first Thursday of the month (January, February, March, April, May, September, October and November). The cost for non-members is $5.00. It is free for members. Membership is $25 for one year. Workshops are held monthly. Meetings/demonstrations are held at the Middlefield Federated Church, 402 Main Street, Middlefield, CT.
For more information visit the Guild’s website: middletownartguild.org